How To Make a Temporary Tattoo With Perfume: A Step-by-Step Guide

In the past 2 years, the TikTok app has become the main influencer when it comes to new trends in a number of different industries. The tattoo and body art trends weren’t left out; that is why the trend of temporary and fake tattoos is on the rise.

People of all ages are showing off their drawing skills, and using their work to create exceptional fake tattoos; all of which are documented on TikTok for everyone to see and try for themselves.

So, if you’re looking to hop on the latest trend, you’re a the right place. We’ve noticed that a lot of people use perfume to create fake tattoos, but we think their methods need some improvement. So, without further ado, let’s get through this step-by-step guide for your own temporary and wonderfully-smelling new tattoo.

Fake Tattoos Done With Perfume – Guide

Everything You’ll Need

  • An image or drawing of the tattoo design
  • Scissors
  • High ethanol/alcohol perfume
  • Hot or boiling and a plate/cup/bowl
  • A towel

Even though perfume is the main ingredient in this concoction, remember that you can use a body spray or hair spray as an alternative. Not everyone can afford the luxury of spraying a huge amount of an expensive perfume randomly to create a fake tattoo. Do not feel pressured by these trends and always try to go for an alternative that suits you better.

How To Make a Temporary Tattoo With Perfume: Step-by-Step Guide

Tip: Before you start, make sure to choose an area on your body for tattoo placement, and clean it using antibacterial soap, antibacterial wipes, or anything similar. This will prevent potential skin irritation caused by the perfume or the print paper.

Step 1 – Start By Choosing the Right Tattoo Design

The most important part of getting a tattoo of any kind is choosing the right design. Without this, you might as well abandon the idea of a tattoo. So, what we recommend is you go for a smaller design at first. This will help you get a grasp of the whole method and how it’s supposed to work. Also, make sure to really like the design, because it will stay on for a few days, and try to go for black ink designs.

Step 2 – Print The Design

Once you’ve found the design and style of the tattoo you’re going for, it is time to print it out. What we recommend is to adjust the size of the design before printing; you can do that in Word or any other image or word application. Simply scale down the size and adjust the positioning. Make sure to not mess with the color of the design, so it doesn’t turn out brighter when printed out.

Step 3 – Cut Out The Tattoo Design

Take the scissors and start cutting around the design. Make sure not to cut along the lines of the tattoo directly. This will increase the chances of making a mistake and cutting parts of the design. Instead, cut around the edges of the design, leaving an inch of paper around the image.

Step 4 – Cover the Design in Perfume

Here comes the fun part; it is time to take your perfume of choice and spray it onto the cut-out design. Do not spray the perfume from a close distance; keep the perfume away from the image, around 6 inches, so you can spray the image evenly.

Now, the goal here is to drench the paper in perfume. Even though it may seem like a ridiculous thing to do, the perfume will help the design transfer onto the skin.

If you don’t want to waste your perfume, you can always go for a body spray or hairspray as suitable alternatives. Just make sure to spray enough so that the design is soaked in the product.

Step 5 – Soak The Perfumed Paper in Hot Water

Once you’re done spraying, it is time to soak the paper in hot or boiling water. You can place the hot water into a plate, bowl, or cup, depending on the size of the tattoo design. Either way, once you place the paper in the water, leave it there between 3 to 5 minutes. After a few minutes, gently take out the paper; try not to break it, since it’ll be pretty flimsy and fragile.

Step 6 – Transfer the Design Onto The Skin

Tip: Make sure to spray the area of tattoo placement with perfume as well!

Now, here comes the moment of truth. Once you’ve taken the paper out of the water, you have to place it onto the perfumed skin. You should place the paper with the image facing down so that it transfers fully and properly.

Once the paper is on the skin, use a towel (preferably a heated towel) to press the paper onto the skin. Hold the towel firmly for a few minutes, and try no to move it around, as it will move the paper and disturb the image transfer.

Then, remove the towel and peel off the paper gently. At this point, you should be seeing the tattoo design printed onto the skin. You can use a paper towel to remove any excess moisture around the tattoo.

Tip: If you want your tattoo to last longer, make sure to hairspray it after it’s done. Some people even coat the tattoo in baby powder, where the powder acts as a fixative. It will set the tattoo and keep it in place.

Perfume Temporary Tattoos: More FAQS

How Long Do These Tattoos Last?

Generally speaking, temporary tattoos of any kind tend to last between 5 and 10 days. If exposed to water or friction, they can even last for only 3 to 5 days.

When it comes to the perfume temporary tattoos, we’d say they can last up to 10 days max, depending on the size and how well you’ve executed the transferring method. To extend the longevity of the tattoo, make sure to not expose it to water and prevent friction by wearing loose clothes.

Are Perfume Tattoos Safe?

Generally speaking, perfume temporary tattoos are as safe as these tattoos can get. Perfumes are generally safe for the skin, obviously, unless you’re allergic to them. However, there are cases where people experience some skin irritation, rashing, or burning when putting that much perfume onto the skin.

So, make sure to avoid perfume tattoos if perfumes cause an allergic reaction, irritation, or rashing. If you experience burning and discomfort while perfuming the skin, make sure to wash the area thoroughly and halt the whole process.

What Kind of Perfume Should I Use?

You can use any kind of perfume you want. However, we don’t really recommend you use the most expensive perfumes in your collection; that would be overkill. So, go for some lower-grade perfume you can find in beauty stores for 10 or 20 bucks. Sometimes even kids’ perfumes can do the job, so long they contain a lot of ethanol and alcohol. So, whether you go for EDP, EDT, or perfume, all of them will work just fine.

Are There Other Way Of Getting a Temporary Tattoo?

In case the perfume method doesn’t work for you, there are other ways to get a temporary tattoo;

  • The sharpie method – this is one of the most common methods of getting a fake tattoo. All you need is a Sharpie, tracing paper, some hairspray, baby powder, and scissors. You can draw the design yourself and transfer it onto the skin, or print out the design. Either way, you’ll end up with a temporary tattoo that will last you between 3 and 5 days.
  • The eyeliner method – the eyeliner can be used to create a fake tattoo in no time. All you have to do is use the eyeliner to draw a tattoo design directly onto the skin, let it dry, and coat the tattoo with hairspray. This tattoo should also last you between 3 and 5 days, and if you don’t like it, simply wash it with soap and lukewarm water.
  • Using the Prinker – a Prinker is a small device used to create temporary tattoos and print them directly onto the skin. The tattoos this device produces are water-resistant and they look incredibly like the real deal. All you have to do is choose a design through the Prinker app and roll the device where you want to place the tattoo.

Final Thoughts

Hopefully, you liked our little step-by-step guide into the world of temporary perfume tattoos. This is a really easy method that anyone can utilize. Since perfumes are considered safe, there shouldn’t be any issues with this method. However, if you do notice irritation, burning, or redness, make sure to wash the tattoo off and consult with your dermatologist for a detailed diagnosis and treatment.

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